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Impacting Health Through Policy Change

The Center plays an active role in local community health policy. The health of the community is impacted by policies both directly related to health and those impacting all social determinants of health. The CCH helps to develop and monitor local community health policy, and Center employees work through several local health coalitions and alliances to advance key policy and legislative initiatives, showing that primary prevention can work by using advocacy and policy change to improve health.

Current Policy Initiatives:

  • DSRIP  An initiative to fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicare program, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25% over 5 years. The Center is a key member of the team working to move this change forward.

  • Healthi KidsAn initiative of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Healthi Kids advocates for policy and practice changes that increase the health and activity level of children in the Rochester/Monroe County area.

  • Community Service Plan New York's public health initiative integrates traditional medical services with public health interventions that stimulate positive behavioral changes to improve health status.

  • Rochester City Council The legislative body for the City of Rochester that, together with the Mayor's Office, works to pass local laws to govern the city.

  • Community Health Needs Assessment A Federal tool that enables hospitals and agencies to pinpoint areas of concern and health disparities in their community, in order to make improvements in community health.

Links to Advocacy Resources:

  • The Trust for America's Health A non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on Prevention, Protection, and Communities, working to make disease prevention a national priority.

  • APHA  The American Public Health Association brings together members of all public health areas in order to influence federal policy.

  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health A nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice by linking communities and academic institutions.